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Road Trip to Branson

Road Trip To Branson

There’s nothing better than a quick and easy get-away with the family to refresh perspectives and bring you all closer together. We love Branson for its easy accessibility (about a 4 hour drive), tons of great places to stay, and its casual lifestyle, which makes packing that much easier. Most important, we love the fact that there is truly something for everyone in the family! Here are some of our family’s Branson favorites:

Silver Dollar City tops the list by far in our family. This theme-park has tons of fun rides – including water rides to help cool off on a hot afternoon – and many old-time craftsmanship experiences. My kids love watching the glass blowers at work, not to mention mining for gemstones and getting dressed up for a tin type photo. Two great ways to cool off are a cave tour (near the entrance of the park) or a stop in one of the many live shows throughout the day. We enjoyed Chris Stanley, who combines comedy, magic and science for a really fun all-ages show. For a list of shows, be sure to pick up the Silver Dollar City paper when you enter the park.

White Water is perfect for your water babies, and it’s another great way to cool off in Branson. They have tons of slides to enjoy, plus a wave pool, Coconut CoveSplashaway Cay, and a lazy river for the younger/smaller set. Depending on your kid’s ages and heights, I recommend checking White Water’s height requirements before you go, to make sure your kids can enjoy the slides they want to try. If you’re going between now and August 10, you might check out White Water’s Night Water for an unusual evening experience!

The fun continues in Branson with:

Happy travels!

Note: We love breaking up the trip with these two stops along the way:

  • Going there: A visit to the George Washington Carver National Monument, just outside of Joplin, MO, where you’ll find an incredible museum dedicated to Carver’s life’s work, as well as a beautiful walking tour to visit the sites of Carver’s formative years. This stop is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the slight detour!
  • Heading home: A stop in Springfield to check out the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the original (and biggest) Bass Pro Shops location, and the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. Be sure to give yourself at least a few hours!
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